I have a confession to make. This post is actually being written on December 28th (though I will post it to the blog on your actual birth date, December 9th.) The funny thing is, it is a pretty good representation of what actually did happen for your birthday this year. There is a saying that we like to use for many situations: T.I.I. = This Is Iquique! And our plans for your birthday certainly fall into that category. For the past three weeks we have been trying to get to the brand-new bowling alley and every week we have been told that in another week ... a few more days ... for sure on Wednesday (today!) it would be open. Unfortunately, that did not happen. But you have been a wonderful sport and even as I write this you are enjoying an unexpected beach afternoon with Daddy, Alec, Isabel and your friends Kylie and Kristi in lieu of what was originally planned. Your happy heart is one of the things we all love most about you!
On the actual day of your birthday, we once again enjoyed your choice of a delicious strawberry cake and opening your presents. You are always so exhilarated about presents, practically wiggling off your chair in anticipation. And I love that no matter what you receive, you express delight and joy. This is an aspect of your childhood that I hope you'll hold onto forever! I am certain it is one reason why your baby brother Silas loves your company so very much. Everything is more exciting with you.
This year, you have grown so much physically and are big and tall and strong. You've worked hard at school with numerous different teachers - not only the ones on your video curriculum, but with Mommy and Daddy and Tia Ely and Aunt Pam on many occasions. In fact, that is what Daddy said he loved about you when we went around the table this birthday - the fact that you never give up! It is another wonderful quality God has built into your heart.
One of your favorite games is charades. Drama should be your middle name, whether it is on purpose or for fun in a game or just a natural reaction to everyday life! I look forward to seeing you use your creative gifts for God's glory as you grow older. This Christmas, you were a wonderful "angel Gabriel" in our church program. I am so proud of you, and love you so very much.
Happy 9th Birthday, Ian David! You are a blessing to our family.
All my love,
Birthday Posts by Year:
Ian's 8th birthday post
Ian's 7th birthday post
Ian's 6th birthday post
Ian's 5th birthday post
Ian's 4th birthday post
Ian's 3rd birthday post
Ian's 2nd birthday post
Ian's 1st birthday post